BMW is set to roll out a slew of updates across its range for the year 2015. Among the changes include engine upgrades being introduced on the 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series range as well as additional equipment options and new trim lines being added to the 5 Series as well as the M3, M4 and i8 range.

Beginning with the 2 Series range, all models will receive the latest in BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology. The 218i Coupe and 218i Convertible will receive a 1.5 litre, three-cylinder petrol mill pumping out 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque – paired to either a six-speed manual as standard or an eight-speed Steptronic automatic.

Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 8.8 seconds (8.9 with the auto) for the 218i Coupe and 9.4 seconds (9.6 with the auto) for the 218i Convertible. Fuel consumption is rated at 17.8-19 km/l for the coupe while the convertible chalks up 16.7-18.2 km/l – equipped with the manual gearbox. The Steptronic provides a (slightly) better rating of 18.1-19.6 km/l on the coupe and 17.2-18.9 km/l on the convertible.


From March 2015 onwards, the BMW 220d Coupe can be ordered with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system. Equipped with a 190 hp four-cylinder diesel mill and an eight-speed auto as standard, the 220d Coupe will go from rest to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds while recording a fuel consumption figure of 21-23 km/l.

Another addition to the range comes in the form of the BMW 214d Active Tourer, sporting a three-cylinder diesel engine with 70 hp/220 Nm and a century sprint time of 12.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is typical of a modern diesel, with a figure of 26.3 km/l and a CO2 rating of 104-99 g/km quoted.

A supplementary ‘Travel Package’ for the 2 Series Active Tourer comprises of longitudinal rear seat adjustment, roof rails, tables that fold down from the back of the front seats and a luggage compartment net. The updated trim lines available across the entire 2 Series range now include the Advantage, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport selections.


An updated Business and Professional navigation system on the 2 Series Coupe – with an 8.8- and 6.5-inch display, respectively – offers new graphics as well as the ability to revise its maps via a mobile phone connection. New, light alloy wheel designs will also be available on both the coupe and convertible models.

As for the 2015 BMW 316d Sedan and 316d Touring, a new 2.0 litre, four-cylinder diesel unit with 116 hp and 270 Nm of torque will feature under the bonnet. Equipped with the optional eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox, the car will accelerate from rest to 100 km/h in 10.6 for the sedan, the touring adds another half a second.

On the 4 Series range, BMW will debut a new entry-level variant, called the 418d Coupe, in March 2015. With a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder mill pumping out 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque, the 418d Coupe gets from 0-100 km/h in 8.6 seconds irregardless of transmission options. A more potent 2.0 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine will power the updated 420d Coupe, 420d xDrive Coupe, 420d Gran Coupe and 420d xDrive Gran Coupe.


With 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque on tap, the 420d Coupe goes from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds (7.1 with the auto) while the addition of the xDrive system to said model hampers the century sprint time by one tenth of a second. The xDrive also impedes fuel consumption as the 420d Coupe’s figure of 23.3 km/l gets increased to 21.3 km/l, equipped with the Steptronic automatic.

The 420d Gran Coupe, on the other hand, charts a 0-100 km/h time of 7.3 seconds with the automatic, with xDrive slowing it down a tad to 7.4 seconds. It sips fuel with a rating of 23.2 km/l with the automatic transmission, while the xDrive model with the same gearbox records a figure of 20.8 km/l.

Things are a lot less technical on the 2015 5 Series range as a new Edition Sport trim is featured on both the sedan and touring model, excluding the BMW M Performance variants. Opting for the Edition Sport trim brings along new 18-inch, double-spoke alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED fog lamps and BMW High Gloss Shadow Line accents inside and out.


On the BMW M3 and M4 (both coupe and convertible), the introduction of new BMW Individual colours including Frozen Black, Frozen Silver, Frozen Red and Frozen Brilliant White sum up the changes. On the BMW M4 Coupe, additional BMW Individual leather upholstery in Opal White, Amaro Brown, Golden Brown, Cohiba Brown and Nutmeg are available.

As for the BMW i8, additional standard equipment and an updated interior options are featured for 2015. A ‘Pure Impulse Experience’ programme, which comprises of lifestyle products in several areas, is included in the range of features. A new Carpo Carum Grey interior scheme with an optional leather engine cover and black-painted brake calipers round off the updates.